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Composer Portraits

Øyvind Torvund

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 8PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund relies on his classical compositional training as much as his background as a guitarist in rock and improvising groups in his work. His music is simultaneously quirky, serious, frenetic, and shimmering, and reveals an expansive sonic language, incredible orchestration, and the juxtaposition of the expected and unexpected. An all-star cast of new music artists join together to perform a program of recent works including two premieres.

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Photo by Morten Wanvik for Miller Theatre

Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund relies on his classical compositional training as much as his background as a guitarist in rock and improvising groups in his work. His music is simultaneously quirky, serious, frenetic, and shimmering, and reveals an expansive sonic language, incredible orchestration, and the juxtaposition of the expected and unexpected. An all-star cast of new music artists join together to perform a program of recent works including two premieres.

Repertoire

  • Øyvind Torvund new work (2023) World Premiere for Yarn/Wire and JACK Quartet
  • Øyvind Torvund Plans for Future Ensemble Pieces (2020, rev. 2023) World Premiere version for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, 2 keyboards, 2 percussion, and string quartet
  • Øyvind Torvund Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes (2014) for piano/percussion quartet, projected images, and electronic sound

Performers

  • Cocks Laura by Julia Den Boer 160x240
    Laura Cocks flute
  • Moore Rane 160x240
    Rane Moore clarinet
  • Baldelli Giacomo 160x240
    Giacomo Baldelli guitar
  • Jack Quartet by Beowulf Sheehan 160x240
    JACK Quartet
  • Yarn/Wire, 1860x1210
    Yarn/Wire

“…a sonic journey through improbable soundscapes…”

— Sydney Morning Herald
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